The perfect wellness combo: being more active, eating better and managing stress! Before you quit, identify how you want to improve each one in your daily life. That way, you’ll be able to add changes gradually to your routine without turning your life inside out when you stop smoking.
Did you know that being active can also be a powerful ally to help you quit smoking? Physical activity helps you sleep better, makes you feel better about yourself, improves digestion, and reduces stress—all things that will help you deal with withdrawal.
By adding physical activity to your lifestyle, you increase your chances of quitting smoking. The important thing is to go at your own pace and do at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. So, get off your couch, turn off the TV and computer, and go fill your lungs with fresh air!
Often, ex-smokers replace their smoking habit by munching to keep their hands - or their mouth - busy! The lack of nicotine may also lead to a heartier appetite and, in some cases, to food cravings. Also, when you stop smoking, your sense of taste and smell come back to life: food tastes and smells much better.
Try these tips to keep you from satisfying your tobacco cravings with food:
Eating well means first and foremost having a varied and balanced diet. Choose foods that you enjoy and that are good for you!
It is true that nicotine can have a relaxing effect on our muscles, but the feeling of relaxation is mainly due to nicotine dependence. Smokers lacking nicotine become tense and stressed. Smoking provides the body with its dose of nicotine in order to calm down. But after the first episode of stress, the body claims another dose. Quite a toxic vicious circle!
You have everything to gain by trying other ways to manager your stress, such as taking breaks during the day and learning a few relaxation techniques.
If you feel the pressure rising, resist!